The last few months of training now wind down to a long awaited taper. With just under three weeks remaining before the race I will be “tapering” my miles down by 20%, 40% and 60%, respectively. Unlike the past couple of years, though, I plan to continue doing a couple of more difficult workouts per week, namely tempo and hill work.
Today was a great effort and good indicator of my overall fitness. I dragged Joe R out to the Cleveland National Forest and we ran to the top of Santiago Peak via the Holy Jim Trail. This run had it all—a 4,000 foot climb in the first 8 miles, altitude, heat and flies! I’ve never been buzzed so badly by bugs in my life! We had to run the last couple miles to the peak waving twigs in front our face just to keep them from getting in our eyes. I actually choked at one point when one got down my throat.
Looking back I think my training has been on target. My weekly miles have been averaging around 85, with two 90 mile and one 100 mile week, with about 10% of that on the elliptical machine. What I’m most happy about is that I’ve been injury free. Recovery has been a big focus for me. I’ve constantly monitored my body. If I feel too tired, I take a day off, or run easy that day and ultimately I don’t hesitate to put off the next hard work out. In this same light, I’ve been consistently stretching and lifting weights.
In the end, it’s all about the journey. And so far I’m enjoying the ride!